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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am
 The tributes to Judy Baar Topinka came in fast and strong Wednesday morning, just as we were going to press. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat: “The Illinois political scene lost its Polka Queen la...
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 12:01 am
In the forties and fifties, driving into Greenview on my way to visit my grandparents at their farm on Salt Creek meant passing a sadly decaying remnant of the town’s better days.Just south of town ...
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 12:01 am
Once more, the State of Illinois has an opportunity to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It should act to do so quickly. The ERA quite simply establishes gender equality unde...
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 12:01 am
 Dear Governor-elect Rauner, Please join us at a Better Government Association luncheon in Springfield on Tuesday, Nov. 18, for a conversation about fiscal and ethical reform in Illinois.I’ll g...
Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 12:01 am
On Nov. 15, the open enrollment period will begin under the Affordable Care Act, giving Illinois residents an opportunity to shop for health care coverage that could have a major impact on their physi...
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 12:01 am
 I have been working in or around government for more than 50 years, and if you asked me to boil down what I’ve learned to one sentence, it is this: Governing is much harder work than most peop...
Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 12:01 am
Politics and corruption are two words that are all too often found together, especially in Illinois. While we have laws meant to protect whistleblowers who point out legitimate problems, most remain f...
Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 12:01 am
 Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that recess...
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 12:01 am
When my Grandmother Platt put on her white linen dress and the hat that made her look like a duchess and announced that we were going shopping, it only meant one thing – a day of adventure “downto...

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